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Vic Bianchi

Coaching ∙ Ambridge

 

 

 

 

Vic Bianchi, the athlete, and Vic Bianchi, the coach, shared one constant attribute: a burning desire to excel. Vic was quite an athlete at Leetsdale High School (1942-1945) and Westminster College (1949-1952). In football, he was named All District in 1943 and 1944. After serving four years in the Army, he entered Westminster where he became known for his play on the gridiron, being named twice as captain of the Titans and earning All State honors. Vic's first coaching and teaching job was a Conneaut Valley, which lasted two years during which time he led his team to a district title in basketball. Vic then returned to the Beaver County area and became coach at Coraopolis High School. In his eight years there, his teams won two WPIAL titles and three section crowns. He then moved to Quigley, and after one year became the head basketball coach at Ambridge in 1969. Vic remained there until 1986, a 17 year stay during which his Bridgers made the playoffs twelve times and twice played for the WPIAL title. Vic was also a successful tennis coach at Ambridge. He was known as a disciplinarian and a dedicated coach and teacher whose demands on his players and students instilled in them the same desire to excel that was in evidence throughout his career.